For too long music has not been a key part of social change energy on a national level the way it was during the anti-war, civil rights and feminist movements of the 60’s and 70’s. The issues have become fragmented, the music industry has become fragmented, many of the bands and artists of that era are gone or moved on to other things. War Poets are uncompromising social justice advocates who have infiltrated the pop-rock genre using smart hooks and compelling narratives to invite listeners to consider their social and political perspectives. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based group has garnered favorable comparisons to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and the Replacements.And like these artists, War Poets draw on Americana, pop, and rock to achieve an aesthetic that’s refined but rootsy. We will talk to them abut where all the protest music has gone, how much of the 60's music is in their songs and where their inspiration for activsim comes from. They are releasing 3 EPs in 2014: American Police State, Hot and Cold: American Relationships, and Searching for the American Dream.